By Kevin Brockmeier
At age twelve, Kevin Brockmeier is able to develop into a unique individual: now not the boy he has regularly been--the person who cries too simply and laughs too simply, who lives in an otherland of gleaming daydreams and imaginary catastrophes--but another person altogether.
Over the process one university year--seventh grade--he units out looking for himself. alongside the best way, he occurs into his first kiss at a church get together, struggles to appreciate why his outdated acquaintances tease him on the lunch desk, turns into the controversy of the full institution due to his Halloween dress, and booby-traps his lunch to discourage a thief.
With an identical deep feeling and oddly dreamlike precision which are the hallmarks of his fiction, the acclaimed novelist now explores the dream of his personal previous and recovers the individual he used to be.
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It was a peaceful thought, in a strange way, now everything was clear. Also I lost my fear of the KGB. I had the feeling that I had looked them in the eye, I had seen their real face, and the mystic frightening image that I used to have had disappeared. They were normal people, even though they were not always nice and I probably would not have immediately made them part of my circle of friends, but the image of the somewhat malignant agent in a raincoat with hat sunk deep above their eyes had disappeared forever.
Amsterdam was a turbulent city in those years. Everywhere squatters had occupied empty buildings and regularly battles took place in the Amsterdam streets between riot police and the squatters. Henk Wolzak was a bit of a strange character. Born in 1940 and with only a limited education, he had developed himself to being a freelance journalist for newspapers like Het Parool and Trouw. Although the claimed to have studied history and theology, this was more fantasy than reality: he had attended some university lectures, but had never registered himself as a student.
A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade by Kevin Brockmeier